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Armada Chest

The chest was made from iron bands in Germany in the 16th or 17th century. Such chests were called Nuremburg Chests until the Victorians applied the term Armada Chests as they imagined them to be the sort used to protect Spanish gold. Each chest has an intricate and complicated locking mechanism, some with hidden keyholes, false panels or a particular sequence of actions to open them. The Appleby …